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Engineering 100.100 – Wynarsky/Hildinger Fall 2007 Exam 1 Review Materials – TC Section Here are a few things I forgot to mention (or emphasize) yesterday: o Your audience will expect you to support your claims with suitable data o Your audience will expect you to use credible sources responsibly so as to speak with authority about your subject o Your primary organizational principle is BROAD TO NARROW / GENERAL TO SPECIFIC. As I promised I would, I’ve provided a couple of samples of sentence correction questions along with the answer keys I posted afterward. Notice (1) that several answers are possible for these sorts of questions and (2) that you aren’t required to identify the problems by name. I’ve done it in the keys so that you can find the particular problems in the guidelines if you want further examples. SAMPLE #1 EDITING FOR CLARITY, CONCISENESS, AND CORRECTNESS (3 pts): 6. Each of the following sentences or sets of sentences contains violations of the principles you’ve been learning in class. CHOOSE ONE and rewrite it so that it is clear, unambiguous, concise, and correct. In cases of ambiguity, you may choose any legitimate interpretation. You needed to spot wordiness, overcomplication and unnecessary verbals, overuse of the passive voice, ambiguous pronoun use, restrictive/non- restrictive clause confusion, comma splices, inflated diction, and incomplete comparisons (depending on the sentences you chose). If you caught some of these but missed major errors or introduced new errors, you got partial credit. The sample answers should help you see the problems that required correction. a. A truck was driven into the retaining wall of the M-52 overpass by an unknown individual, thereby causing it to be severely damaged, this was the reason why there was a delay due to traffic encountered on the way to school. A truck collided with the retaining wall of the M-52 overpass, damaging the wall severely. As a result, I encountered a traffic tie-up on my way to school. Someone drove a truck into the retaining wall of the M-52 overpass. The resulting damage caused a traffic jam that delayed me on my way to school.
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Engineering 100.100 – Wynarsky/Hildinger Fall 2007 I ran into a delay on the way to school because traffic was tied up at the M- 52 overpass; someone had driven a truck into the retaining wall, and the overpass sustained severe damage. b. It is recommended by the instructors that highly technical sources found using specialized medical search engines be utilized carefully, these are sometimes misunderstood by readers, who are unfamiliar with the technical language that is contained in them. The instructors recommend careful use of highly technical sources that students locate with specialized medical search engines, because readers who are unfamiliar with the technical language in these sources sometimes misunderstand them.
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  • Fall '07
  • Winarsky/Hildinger
  • Adverbial, Dactylic hexameter

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